JOURNAL REQUIREMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS
- The purpose of the journal is to create opportunities for students to reflect on their experiences.
- The journals also provide a record for students as they go through the experience. It can be very valuable for students to remind themselves how they were feeling Week One compared with Week Five.
- All seniors are expected to complete some type of journal reflections as part of their Senior Options. We would ask that each mentor and mentee sit down and create a plan for completing journals that will work for both parties. We are asking that all students complete a MINIMUM of two reflections each week.
- Students are encouraged to avoid writing lists of what they do during a given day. Instead, reflections should discuss how students are feeling, what they are learning and what the experience means for them. See Journal Topics and Suggestions
POSSIBLE METHODS FOR JOURNAL REFLECTIONS:
- Carry a small notebook that you use to capture your thoughts.
- Sit down at your computer in the evening and reflect back on the day’s events - keep a simple document (MSWord, Google Doc) with dated entries.
- Use a blogging or journaling app on your mobile device to update anytime/anywhere with text and images:
- Free apps: Blogsy, BlogPress, iBlogger, Livejournal, Squarespace, Tumblr
- $$$ apps: Blogger, Day One, Evernote, Tumblr, TypePad, Wordpress
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- Mentors can set up a wiki or blog account for all their mentees as an opportunity for a group of students to dialogue regarding their experiences.
- Students can arrange to email mentors on a regular basis with their reflections.